Proscar is an antiandrogen drug that is used to treat men with BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). The primary ingredient is finasteride which is supplied as apple-shaped tablets of 5mg. This drug is for adult men only.
How does it work?
Proscar shrinks the enlarged prostate which can reduce the necessity for surgery. Proscar also provides other benefits like decreasing the need to urinate often (especially at night), and provide a better flow of urine. All this is achieved by reducing the production of the body hormone, DHT, which causes enlargement of the prostate.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions regarding dosage. The dose is typically taken once a day, with or without a meal. Doses should be taken at the same time each day.
For maximum benefits, treatment with Proscar should continue uninterrupted as prescribed.
Potential side effects
Some men may experience a decreased sexual ability or a loss of sexual desire, as well as a decrease in semen. These symptoms are harmless.
Finasteride is also used to stimulate hair growth on the head, so some men may have increased hair growth. Any growth that occurs will disappear when treatment with Proscar has completed.
The most serious side effect is an allergic reaction. Get medical help as quickly as possible if you are dizzy, if you are short of breath, if your facial area swells up, or if you break out in a severe rash or hives.
Proscar can cause the following common side effects: swollen feet or hands, feeling faint, lack of sex drive or other sexual problems, swollen breasts, tender breasts, pain in the testicles, runny nose, skin rash, dizziness, or weakness. If any of these indications persist, report to a doctor. If you get a rash, tell your doctor as it might be related to an allergic reaction.
Important safety warnings
Do not allow a pregnant woman to come into contact with Proscar. This drug can hinder the development of a male fetus’s sexual organs. If a pregnant woman does accidentally come into contact with Proscar, the affected area should be thoroughly washed. Seek further advice from a doctor.
Before prescribing Proscar, your doctor will want to know details of your past medical history. Your doctor will especially want to know if you are allergic to any medication, or if you have urinary tract problems, prostate cancer, or liver damage. You must also give the doctor details of all medications you currently use, prescription or otherwise.
Although unlikely, Proscar could be associated with male breast cancer. The signs may include breast pain, discharge from the nipples, or a lump in the breast. Tell your doctor immediately.
You may not be allowed to have certain foods or drink while using Proscar. Your doctor will advise you further.
If you have been sitting down, or lying, you should get up slowly in case you fall. Proscar may make you dizzy and unsteady.
If you have to have a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test, you must tell the medical staff that you are taking Proscar because this drug may cause an unstable reading.
Avodart is a drug used for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate.
Avodart acts by preventing the conversion of testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is involved in the development of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).